“It’s humorous, bawdy and then visceral; drunk, silly and then shockingly sober” – Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano

“For someone reared on Anglo-American fiction, just the uniqueness of the main character – the voicing of, and indeed celebration of all that goes with being old – makes this novel stand out. And then, as a work of crime fiction, the central story is classical: the bloody execution of a young man in a location of aching beauty, followed swiftly by that overarching question – whodunit?” – Tamim Sadikali reviews Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano

Posted at 9:00 am on February 23, 2017 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

‘For a good portion of the book, there is what we would call vintage Lethem’ – The Blot by Jonathan Lethem

By the climax, a book that started with the promise of As She Climbed Across the Table (Lethem’s White Noise) burns out with the distortion of Gun, With Occasional Music (which we know is some people’s favourite Lethem, to this day, but not us). Before we started reading, as a result of Dissident Garden and Lucky Alan, we were nervous. The Blot shows that Lethem still has that thing we liked, can still lead us by the nose, but his grip on us is not what it was…

Posted at 9:00 am on February 22, 2017 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

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